Russian oil flows to Belarus on schedule
Vladimir Semashko during the opening ceremony
MINSK, 10 October (BelTA) – Russian oil is being delivered to Belarus in line with the schedule. Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko made the statement during the Belarusian Energy and Ecology Forum on 10 October, BelTA has learned.
“Oil deliveries are on schedule. As for the 18 million tonnes we are supposed to get this year, the deliveries are absolutely on schedule,” noted Vladimir Semashko.
Upon Belarus' request 4.5 million tonnes of Russian oil will be delivered to Belarusian oil refineries in Q4 2017.
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“Currency is one of the things we are discussing. The Russian ruble is an option we are considering. It is profitable to pay in Russian rubles today. By the end of the year we and [Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Arkady] Dvorkovich should sign the document to take care of the matter,” specified Vladimir Semashko.
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